Baseball Walks-Off in the Bottom of the Ninth, Beats Binghamton 4-3
ALBANY, N.Y.— With the game tied at three and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, Matt Hinchy hit a sacrifice fly into right field, that gave the University at Albany baseball team (20-25, 8-12) the 4-3 walk-off victory over first place Binghamton (25-22, 17-4) in the series finale.
“To play Binghamton like that is a credit to our guys and to walk off on graduation day and to have it on the last day here at home was awesome.” Said head coach Jon Mueller.
Trailing 3-2 in the Great Danes last at-bats, Karson Canaday hit a one out single into right field and then Will Miller hit a single into left that advanced Canaday to third, and allowed Miller to get to second on the throw.
Kevin Donati would then be intentionally walked to load the bases. A wild pitch by Binghamton’s Dylan Stock gave the Danes the tying run with Canaday crossing home plate safely. The Bearcats would then intentionally walk Kyle Sacks to load the bases again. Hinchy would then follow with the game winner, to get a speedy Miller from third safe at home on the slide.
“Honestly, I was just trying to hit the ball hard somewhere,” said Hinchy “I was trying to get it up to left, but it went to right and I knew I had a fast runner on third so that’s all I had to do.”
Binghamton scored first in the top of the third with a two out three RBI double from Jason Agresti into centerfield.
UAlbany answered in the bottom of the fourth, when Evan Harasta hit a fielder’s choice to shortstop to score Miller from third. Two innings later, Harasta pulled a deja-vu as he hit another RBI fielder’s choice to shortstop but this time Sacks scored from 90 feet away, putting the Danes down 3-2.
Starter Stephen Woods put together a solid outing, going 6.0 innings and allowed no earned runs on nine hits and strung together 10 K’s. Freshman Dominic Savino (1-1) pitched 3.0 innings and allowed no earned runs on three hits and struck out three batters in the win.
“We got a really good pitching performance out of Stephen, and Dom was Dom, he was tremendous in the three innings we stretched him out for.” Added Mueller
Stock (0-2) was given the loss for Binghamton, pitching 0.2 innings and allowed two earned runs on two hits and walked two Danes in the ninth inning.
Miller, Sacks, Hinchy, and Canaday all batted 2-for-4 with Miller, Sacks and Canaday all crossing the plate at least once in the win.
The Danes head on the road for a rematch with St. John’s on Tuesday beginning at 6:30 p.m.